Holiday weekend: Toasty temps near 100

Posted July 1, 2011 6:28 a.m. EDT
Updated July 2, 2011 10:05 a.m. EDT

— The first day of July "is feeling pretty good," according to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner, but toasty temperatures are on the way this Fourth of July weekend.

"Sunday and Monday, we’re looking at almost danger-zone in terms of our temperatures. We’re going to see some places jumping up to near 100, especially south of the Triangle, so you want to take it easy," she said.

Friday will reach a high of 92 degrees with comfortable humidity levels.

The heat prompted a Code Orange warning Friday for the Triangle and Fayetteville.

Stagnant, hot air can make ozone levels unhealthy. Adults who work or exercise outdoors, people with respiratory diseases, older adults and children should limit outdoor activities.

The winds will shift this weekend, bringing in even warmer air.

"We’ve had northerly winds bringing in some cooler, drier air, but that changes this weekend," Gardner said. "We’ll be back into a southerly flow, which will bring the warmth and the moisture."

Temperatures begin to take off Saturday with a high of 94 degrees, along with more humidity.

"We expect a double whammy of these two combined to make the outdoors feel more uncomfortable through the holiday weekend," Gardner said. "It looks like it’s going to be a toasty, toasty end of the weekend."

The heat really intensifies Sunday and Monday with highs around 97 degrees. Scattered thunderstorms are possible Monday.

"Hopefully that’s going to happen mid-afternoon through about dinnertime," Gardner said. "Once we get closer to sunset, those thunderstorms should be dying out. So, hopefully they will not interfere with anyone’s fireworks celebrations."

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